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Starting a little late – so have a Pokeball Santa hat pattern!

6 Dec

Starting my holiday crafting a bit late; life is getting better, but it’s also BUSY. Suddenly I’m getting Jayne hat orders again after a break of a few years. Why? Who knows, lol. (this post has actually been in “Drafts” for a week & a half, lol. SO BUSY!)

I saw someone in a fiber arts group make a Santa Hat with a couple of appliques that make it look like a Pokeball. Pretty much all the comments were “I AM SO STEALING THAT IDEA!!!” Especially since I already know that the Lion Brand crocheted Santa hat pattern has a “crocheted pompom” – basically a ball. Score!

Unfortunately, and like always, there wasn’t one pattern that I liked. The Lion Brand hat is all single crochet, and the Red Heart pattern is double crochet; my favorite stitch for hats is half-double crochet. It’s more dense than dc, but works up faster than sc. It just looks the best, too, in my opinion.

And then there’s the ribbing. All the crocheted hat patterns either had no ribbing, or you made a separate white back/front loop only crochet strip, and then pick up stitches in red, working the hat from the bottom up. Oh heck no, I want a pattern that I can just stop when it’s the right size for the recipient’s head, and then start the awesome front/back post crochet ribbing that we’ve been doing for years.

Well, OK, I’ve made up far more difficult patterns, right? Well, it was super easy to figure out!

Gotta deliver ’em all!

Tips:

~ I do the Pokeball pompom first, and then attach it after I’ve done a few rows of the hat. It’s really skinny in there, and it’s much easier that way.

~ For a regular Santa hat, don’t switch to black yarn, and work that row in red. You don’t need to make the circles to sew on. That’s it, everything else is the same!

~ You can change it up a bit; the one in the example uses sparkly yarn for the white. You can use fuzzy/eyelash yarn for the white, and if you’re not making a Pokeball, you can make a regular pompom to tie on.

~ This one is sized the same as my regular adult Jayne hat; my son’s head is about 22″, which I’ve discovered from my years of selling hats is the size that most people get. If you’re making a hat for a baby or smaller person, just stop when the increase makes it the right size, then work three rows even in red before switching to black or white. To make it bigger, just keep adding 1 hdc to the increase rows, and continue the inc row/ 2 even rows pattern until the opening is as wide as you need it to be. If you make one to go over ‘locs, I want a picture!

 

Pokeball Santa Hat

Gauge isn’t critical, you start at the tip top of the hat and work until it’s the size that you want. I used Caron Simply Soft yarn, and a size G (5mm) hook. Use whatever your favorite combination is.

sl st = slip stitch
sc
= single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
inc = increase, work two stitches into one stitch
dc = double crochet
dec = decrease, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull yarn through all hoop on the hook (one stitch made over two stitches of the previous row)
fpdc = front post double crochet
bpdc = back post double crochet
FO = fasten off
(I used to provide links to tutorials for stitches, but blogs and YouTube channels come & go. I know you guys know how to do a google search! I specify how I inc & dc, because there are different ways that people do it that can give a different look.)

I crocheted the example in a spiral, and hid the color changes behind the circle applique. If you don’t want to do that, at the end of each row, join with a slip stitch to the first st of the previous row, chain 2, then work the first stitch into the SAME stitch as the join.

 

1. Work 5 sc in magic/adjustable circle (5 sc)

2 – 3. One hdc in each st. (5 hdc)

4. Inc (2 hdc in same st) in each st around (10 hdc)

5 – 6. Work even 2 rows

7.  Work *hdc, inc* around (15 hdc) (Hdc in next st, inc in the next st, repeat 5x)

8 – 9. Work even  for 2 rows (15 hdc)

10. *2 hdc, inc* around (20 hdc)

11 – 12. Work even 2 rows

13. *3 hdc, inc* around (25 hdc)

14 – 15. Work even 2 rows

16. *4 hdc, inc* around (30 hdc)

17 – 18. Work even 2 rows

19. *5 hdc, in* around (35 hdc)

20 – 21. Work even 2 rows

22. *6 hdc, inc* around (40 hdc)

23 – 24. Work even 2 rows

25. *7 hdc, inc* around (45 hdc)

26 – 27. Work even 2 rows

28. *8 hdc, inc* around (50 hdc)

29 – 30. Work even 2 rows

25. *9 hdc, inc* around (55 hdc)

26 – 27. Work even 2 rows

28. *10 hdc, inc* around (60 hdc)

29 – 30. Work even 2 rows

31. *11 hdc, inc* around (65 hdc)

32 – 33. Work even 2 rows

34. *12 hdc, inc* around (70 hdc)

35 – 36. Work even 2 rows

37. *13 hdc, inc* around (75 hdc)

38 – 39. Work even 2 rows

40. *14 hdc, inc* around (80 hdc)

41 – 43. Work even 3 rows

Change to black
44. Work one row hdc even (80 hdc)

Change to white
45. Work 1 row hdc (80 hdc)

46. 1st row of Ribbing: work one fpdc in next st, one bpdc in next, repeat (80 dc)

47 – 50. Repeat row 46. Work fpdc into the previous row’s fpdc; same for bpdc.

Fasten off

You can work more or less rows of ribbing, depending on the size, and what looks good to you. If you’re using a fuzzy/eyelash yarn, you can just work plain hdc.

Circle applique for Pokeball hat

1 Sc 5 into magic/adjustable circle. Join w/sl st into the first sc, ch 1. When you start the next row, work the first stitch into the SAME st as the join.
2. Inc in ea st (10 sc) Join w/sl st into the first sc, ch 1
3. *sc, inc* around (15 sc) Join, ch 1
4. *2 sc, inc* around (20 sc)  Join, ch 1. Switch to black
5. *3 sc, inc* around (25 sc) Join. Sl st in next sc, FO

Place circle onto hat centered on the black row, whip stitch around the edge to sew in place.

Tie pompom onto hat (if you haven’t already), weave in ends.

 

Pokeball

Small and Medium Sizes Only
Start in Red.

1: Work 6 sc in circle. Leave a long enough tail to tie to hat.
2: Inc in each st around (12 sc)
3: *1 sc in next st, inc* around (18 sc)
4: *2 sc in next st, inc* around (24 sc) Switch to black
5:  Sc in each st around (24 sc)
6: *Sc in each of next 2 sts, dec* around (18 sc)
Begin to stuff piece. Continue to stuff as work progresses.
7: *Sc in each of next st, dec* around (18 sc)
8: Dec around (6 sc) FO leaving a long tail. Thread tail through rem sts and pull to gather.

Large Size Only

1: Work 6 sc in circle. Leave a long enough tail to tie to hat.
2: Inc in each st around (12 sc)
3: *1 sc in next sc, inc* around (18 sc)
4: *2 sc, inc* around (24 sc)
5: *3 sc, inc* around (30 sc)
6: *4 sc, inc* around (36 sc)
7-8: Sc in each st around. For Pokeball, work row 8 in Black, then change to white.
9: *4 sc, dec* (30 sc)
10: *3 sc, dec* (24 sc)
Begin to stuff piece. Continue to stuff as work progresses.
11: *2 sc, dec (18 sc)
12: *1 sc, dec (12 sc)
13: Dec around (6 sc)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through rem sts and pull to gather.

Circle for front of Pokeball

1. Using white, sc 6 into a magic circle. Join with a sl st to first sc, ch 1
2. Switch to black, inc 6x (12 sts) Join. Sl st in next sc, FO, leaving a tail long enough to sew on to Pokeball.

Place circle onto ball centered on the black row, whip stitch around the edge to sew in place.

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Finally made something!

26 Sep

I don’t talk about my depression a lot here, because this is my happy place, and I don’t whine about my troubles in public a lot anyway, which frustrates my friends because they want to be there for me. But I have it, and it’s been particularly sucky lately (for the last couple of years, tbh), and it tends to steal my creative mojo.

However, when your son is going to a Kingdom Hearts meetup at an anime convention, he needs something to wear! I mean, he’s almost 30 now, but you’re never too old to get homemade hats from your mom, lol.

Ta da! Shadow hat!

I’m going to re-do it, though. I only put wire in the … antennae? Is that what they are? They drooped during the day while he was wearing it. I’m going add a wire headband or something to hold it up.

I might be vending at a Harry Potter themed event coming soon, fingers crossed!

 

Repeat Customers Are Amazing!

24 Jul

So, I’m busy gearing up for Keen Halloween, and I get a message from a customer. “Oh no,” I wonder, always thinking the worst, “did the pompom fall apart?” As I was clicking to read, I was already calculating in my head if I had the yarn left to fix it (I do that for people).

But no – she wanted to buy more hats! It was the lady who saw the Martha tam at Phoenix Comicon, and then contacted me through my Etsy store to see if I’d sold it yet. I had not, so it was hers! She didn’t even realize that it was a cosplay piece, she just loved the hat.

So now, some lucky person is going to get one (in a different color) as a gift! And her child absolutely needs a Rainbow Dash hat, and who am I to refuse such a request. 🙂

If you want to make one yourself, the pattern is listed for free on the Midnight Designs site (there’s also a link to the pattern on her Ravelry). I used the Wool-ease yarn and hook size suggested, and it’s so soft and gorgeous. You definitely don’t need to be a Doctor Who fan to love it!

martha-tam

Of course, this means I have to put my skulls on hold for a bit, but I promise to post them as soon as I can.

 

 

Reblocking a cheap hat

25 Feb

I loves me some Agent Carter!!!

I’ve always loved the clothes of the 1940’s anyway, and already have a bunch of dress & pants sewing patterns anyway.

Stetson has re-released the classic red Aviatrix hat that they use on the show, but since it’s made with a fine, classy wool felt, I can’t wear it. I’m not just “eeewww it’s itchy” allergic, it’s more like “oh dang, hives” allergic (and it’s not the lanolin, either, so using super-wash merino or alpaca doesn’t help. Trust me, I spent money experimenting with different yarns. Also, I’m not allergic to lotions that contain lanolin).

So, I finally found an acrylic hat from one of those inexpensive Chinese sites that had the correct size brim. So many hats have the short trilby style look rather than the full fedora!

I was thrilled when it got there! To keep the shipping inexpensive as well, it was shipped rolled up in a plastic envelope. I knew that hats could be re-blocked, but I’d never done it before, so it made me nervous.

To the googles!! The first few sites that I read were very complicated, and used a garment steamer, which I don’t have. Thank goodness I finally found a great tutorial from someone who used a steam iron! She starts right from scratch, so if I ever feel like doing that, now I know how, lol.

trying to keep the flipped-up part in place as it dries

trying to keep the flipped-up part in place as it dries

I’m ridiculously excited about how it’s coming out. I steam the crap out of the top parts until they’re hot, then smooth out the wrinkles with my fingers. It’s working out better than I expected! For the brim, I just ironed it flat, then curled up the brim with my hands. I was blowing on it to cool it down, but then decided to set it down until it dried out. Now, to figure out the best way to form the flipped-down side. 🙂

And yes, if it works well enough, they’ll be in my Etsy store! Not real soon – it takes a while to get to me from overseas, lol.

Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest

2 Feb

*whew* – I survived!

YES, it was in December … but then I was shipping holiday orders then vending in January at a smaller craft sale. Busy, I tells ya. But here I am. 🙂

I’ve been searching for hours for the pic a friend took of my table. It’s hit that “stuff I know I have but the Universe doesn’t want me to have it black hole”. Here’s a much better one, though – my Faux-lita wig/hat found it’s forever home!

Fauxlita_FanFest2015

 

I don’t always run out from behind my table to take a pic of my customers, but Teh Cute was too much to resist. Seriously. I know you’re not even reading the rest of this blog post because you can’t look away. Me either. Later.

Writing Up My Patterns!

28 Aug

Hi guys!

I’ve been super busy filling custom orders and designing new stuff, and totally NOT getting around to writing up the patterns of mine that people have been asking for. First up will be the Pac-Man ghost hat. Which is now Video Game Ghost Hat, after receiving a letter from Bandai’s lawyers, lol. YOU CAN’T TAKE THE SKY FROM ME! AGAIN!

Next pattern will be the pony hat pattern. It’s rather involved … not because the hat is complicated, just that there are so many parts. And a few extra now – one of the custom orders I got was for the Equestria Girls version of Pinkie, who wears a headband with yellow ears sometimes. I guess; I like the cartoon, but haven’t seen the movie yet.

Equestria Girl Pinkie

Breakfast on Your Head

24 Jun

DONE with Phoenix Comicon, finally. I love helping plans come together, but I don’t get much else done when I do, lol. While relaxing, I found this AWESOME pattern online for a bacon scarf. Instead of a flat ripple, it was all “curly” like real bacon! I was in love. Then a friend said “Now all you need  is a fried egg hat.” My friends are geniuses.

 

Bacon 'n eggs 'n croissant - ON YOUR HEAD!

Bacon ‘n eggs ‘n croissant – ON YOUR HEAD!

 

Since the scarf pattern was free on the internet, I think it’s only fair that the hat is, too. If you’ve ever crocheted a hdc hat before, this will be very, very familiar to you. 🙂

For the hat, I used Caron One Pound in Sunflower and White, and for the scarf I used Vanna’s Choice in Brick and Sand.

Fried Egg Hat

You’ll need:
Sz J (6 mm)  & sz H (5 mm) hooks, worsted weight yarn in egg yellow and off white/aran

Hat is worked in a spiral. If you prefer to join each round, start the next with a ch 1

With J hook:
Round 1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8 sts]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16 sts]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8x. [24 sts]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x. [32 sts]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x.  [40 sts]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts) 8x. [48 sts]
R7: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 5 sts) 8x. [56 sts]
R8: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 6 sts) 8x. [64 sts]
R9: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 7sts) 2x, 1 hdc in each remaining st around [66]
R10: 1 hdc in each st around [66]
R11-R15: repeat R10 [66]

Switch to sz H (5 mm) hook and white yarn

R16: Working in FLO,  hdc in ea st around.
R17: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 7 sts) 8x, hdc in ea of two remaining sts. [74 sts]
R18: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 8 sts) 8x, hdc in ea of two remaining sts. [82 sts]
R19: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 9 sts) 8x, hdc in ea of two remaining sts. [ sts]
R20: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 10 sts) 8x, hdc in ea of two remaining sts. [ sts]
R21: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 11 sts) 8x, hdc in ea of two remaining sts. [ sts]
R22: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 12 sts) 8x, hdc in ea of two remaining sts. [ sts]
R23: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 13 sts) 8x, hdc in ea of two remaining sts. [ sts]
R24: *Skip 2 sts, 6 dc in next st, sk 2 sts, sc in next st*, repeat around.
R25: Work a row of crab stitch (reverse single crochet) around, fasten off.

Croissant

Ch 29
Row 1-10: sc across, ch 1, turn (28)
Row 18: dec, sc in next 24, dec, ch 1, turn (26)
Rows 19-21: sc across, ch 1, turn (26)
Row 22: dec, sc in next 22, dec, ch 1, turn (24)
Rows 23-25: sc across, ch 1, turn (24)
Row 26: dec, sc in next 20, dec, ch 1, turn (22)
Rows 27-29: sc across, ch 1, turn (22)
Row 30: dec, sc in next 18, dec, ch 1, turn (20)
Row 31-33: sc across, ch 1, turn (20)
Row 34: dec, sc in next 16, dec, ch 1, turn (18)
Rows 35-37: sc across, ch 1, ch 1, turn (18)
Row 38: dec, sc in next 14, dec, ch 1, turn (16)
Rows 39- 41: sc across, ch 1, turn (16)
Row 42: dec, sc in next 12, dec, ch 1, turn (14)
Rows 43-45: sc across, ch 1, turn (14)
Row 46: dec, sc in next 10, dec, ch 1, turn (12)
Rows 47-49: sc across, ch 1, turn (12)
Row 50: dec, sc in next 8, dec, ch 1, turn (10)
Rows 51-53: sc across, ch 1, turn (10)
Row 54: dec, sc in next 6, dec, ch 1, turn (8)
Rows 55-57: sc across, ch 1, turn (8)
Row 58: dec, sc in next 4, dec, ch 1, turn (6)
Rows 59-61: sc across, ch 1, turn (6)
Row 62: dec, sc in next 2, dec, ch 1, turn (4)
Rows 63-65: sc across, ch 1, turn (4)
Row 66: dec across, ch 1, turn (2)
Row 67: sc across (2)

FO and weave in ends; leave thread on tip to sew down.

To keep it’s shape, you could roll it up around a pipe cleaner or floral wire. I didn’t because I was sewing the edges to a pat of “butter”. Start from the widest end and roll up; secure with a yarn needle or pin while you sew up the tip. Or glue it, whatever, it’s your food!

Butter:

Ch 6

Rows 1-12: Sc 5 across, ch 1, turn

Fold in half, sl st around all four edges

 

You don’t have to sew them together exactly the way I did, have fun with it. Now all your vegan friends can have bacon as well!

 

Oh wow, look how long it’s been since I’ve posted…

4 Feb Baby Jayne Cobb w/Hat

Sorry, been busy!! Starting in Sept I got slammed with not-Jayne hat orders for Halloween. I thought I’d have a break before holiday orders started, but I was wrong, lol. Then came the first of the year “I have holiday money to spend” orders. They’ve slowed to a trickle now, and I somehow ended up with an extra newborn-sized hat. Well, what else could I do?

Baby Jayne IMG_5654

Jewel Staite Loves my Hats!

30 Sep

Where you find out just how often The Glitzy Faery updates her blog…

OK, so … you may have heard that a bunch of us Etsy shop owners received cease-and-desist letters from Fox, telling us that we were violating their copyright by selling “Jayne” hats. Why would they care now, and ENTIRE DECADE after the show “Firefly” had been cancelled? Well, a hat manufacturer went to them to get the Official Licence  To Sell Jayne Hats. Which none of us thought of, because we make all of OURS one at a time, by hand, and couldn’t supply the demand that you’d need to do to, say, get listed on ThinkGeek or something (after the media brouhaha, TG now gives their portion of the profits to charity.)

The official hat isn’t all that great, though. The colors are off. WAY off. It’s really bright, where the on in the show is more “mustard and rust” than “yellow and red”. If you read my original blog post, you know how much work I did on getting mine EXACTLY, PRECISELY right. Yes, I am a nerd. That’s Ms Nerd to you!

So, my roommate wears the No-Longer-A-Jayne-Hat to get his pic taken with Jewel Staite at Phoenix ComiCon. Yes, in May. Yes, it’s now practically October.

ANYWAY. She told him “That’s the best one I’ve seen!”

I’m still squeeing about that. I’m not even joking!

Judge for yourself:

Roommate Tom with JEWEL STAITE, AHHHHH!!!

Roommate Tom with JEWEL STAITE, AHHHHH!!!

Unfortunately you can’t see the pompom, and I’ve been told I make the best pompoms in the ‘Verse. I don’t skimp on the yarn, yo! Ma Cobb would be proud. She just couldn’t admit it to Fox.

If you have NOT checked out my other blog post, there’s a free pattern if you want to make your own. If you don’t have any crafty friends or relatives and would like an Adam Baldwin Not-Jayne hat of your own, check out my Etsy store:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/113255371/not-jayne-hat-knit-earflap-hat-with-pom?

Cute Spring Hat

21 Apr

Yes, I’m swimming here in Phoenix! OK, the water is still kind of cold, but nice once you get used to it. If you’ve ever swum in the Atlantic, you can handle it.

My spring cloche out by the pool

Now, to get my patio umbrella up so I’m not squinting even when I’m not facing into the sun, lol. That’s how you can tell a Phoenix native – no sunglasses. 🙂

Here’s a pic of the one that’s going up in my Etsy store. The yarn is a nice soft acrylic, like baby yarn. Snuggly!

Spring cloche

Now I’m off to finally see “Oz, The Great & Powerful”, so I’m not the last person on earth to so! Not that I always mind, I’m still The Person Who’s Never Seen ‘Titanic’. Hey, I know how it ends already!

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